The Webster University baseball team lost to Wheaton College, 3-2, in the NCAA III World Series opener at Fox Cities Stadium, on May 25, in Appleton, WI. With the loss, the Gorloks will have to battle their way out of the elimination bracket if they hope to win the championship.
The Gorloks found themselves in a 2-0 hole in the first as the Lyons led off with two singles and scored on a groundout, and on a single with two out. Webster scored a run in the third after Cody Stevenson (JR, Centralia HS, IL) tripled with one out, and Taylor Stoulp (SO, St. Mary’s HS, MO) singled him in. But an even bigger opportunity eluded Webster as Stoulp stole second but held up at third on a single to right by Henke. After a strikeout and fly out, the Gorloks still trailed.
Webster’s next best opportunity came in the fourth when Mitchell Bonds (JR, Kankakee CC, IL) led off with a double but got gunned down trying to stretch it into a triple. Kevin Kojs (SO, Lincoln Way Central HS, IL) followed with a single but was stranded. Wheaton added another run in the fourth but the Gorloks couldn’t get back on the board.
Stoulp continues his post-season assault on pitching. Named the Millington Regional Most Valuable Player after going 10-18, with eight RBIs, Stoulp opened the World Series with a two for four effort, with an RBI and stolen base. In the process he extended his personal hitting streak to 19 games and has a hit in 34 of his last 35 games.
David Mueller (SR, Westminster Christian Academy, MO) went seven innings, allowing five hits, one walk, and three runs, two earned. Mueller struck out seven and increased his single season team record to 109 Ks. Steven Dooley (JR, Florissant Valley CC, MO) pitched the eighth and set a Webster single season record for appearances by a pitcher with his 24th of 2012.
The Gorloks are 35-13 on the season. Webster will play at 10:00 a.m. on May 26 vs. the loser of the Cortland State (NY)/Kean University(NJ). That game will be video streamed live at ncaa.com.